Santa Barbara Police Arrest Two Armed Men on Milpas

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

On January 7, 2021 at approximately 11:00 P.M., Officers from a Santa Barbara Police Department specialized unit, conducted a premise check at a local convenience store in the 400 Block of North Milpas.

During the check, Officers contacted Gabriel Alejandro Fonseca, age 27, and Felipe Alejandro Florez, also age 27. Both Santa Barbara residents where known to Officers and associated with a criminal street gang.

Fonseca was found to be on active parole.  Once Fonseca exited the store, Officers informed him of their intent to conduct a parole compliance check.  As Officers were moving in to conduct the search, Fonseca fled.  As Officers grabbed a hold of Fonseca, he immediately reached for his waist band.  Fonseca refused all commands to stop and his actions became more aggressive.  Because of this, Fonseca was taken to the ground.

  
(Left) Gabriel Alejandro Fonseca and (right) and Felipe Alejandro Flores [Photos: SBPD]

While on the ground, Fonseca continued to violently resist and was able to regain his footing and attempted to flee.  Officer were successful in a second take-down.  Throughout the struggle, Fonseca continued to reach for his waist band and was calling out to Flores for help. 

Flores, standing near Officers during the struggle at times appeared as if he was going to jump into the struggle to aid Fonseca. 

Additional resources were requested and arrived on scene.  Upon the arrival of additional Officers, Fonseca was eventually taken into custody and Flores was detained.

During a subsequent search, after Fonseca was detained and in custody, one Officer located a loaded handgun in Fonseca’s waist band. 

Additionally, Officers conducted a visual search of the vehicle associated with the two and observed a handgun wedged between the driver seat and center console.

Both weapons were loaded.

Fonseca and Flores were booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail on numerous felony charges stemming from weapons violations and violating parole.

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Bird Jan 08, 2021 03:14 PM
Santa Barbara Police Arrest Two Armed Men on Milpas

That must be at the 7/11, open 24-hours; scary for the employees! Great work, SBPD! Wonder what the "criminal street gang" is, a local group or one associated with LA?

Basicinfo805 Jan 08, 2021 04:46 PM
Santa Barbara Police Arrest Two Armed Men on Milpas

Wow, that's gnarly - couple of real clowns right there. Well, once again the SBPD handled a real dangerous situation. Anyone wanna do a take down with these type of clowns handling loaded guns knowing you might not go home to your family ever again? I don't, and I bet none of the anti-police crowd in this country would actually want to either.

a-1610257731 Jan 09, 2021 09:48 PM
Santa Barbara Police Arrest Two Armed Men on Milpas

Of course I wouldn't want to! I am grateful to these officers; they were fantastic. No one got hurt! I'm not anti-police. I'm anti-racist policing and anti-police unions protecting egregious, uncivil and illegal behavior by LE.

420722 Jan 08, 2021 04:51 PM
Santa Barbara Police Arrest Two Armed Men on Milpas

It says they are Santa Barbara residents so assuming a local group, we have two main gangs on the west side and Eastside. Each have sub-cliques for a total of 7 or 8 known gang groups. Their activity is picking up I’ve noticed.

Luvaduck Jan 08, 2021 05:50 PM
Santa Barbara Police Arrest Two Armed Men on Milpas

Career criminals need to be stopped asap and recognized for what they are. They not only may kill or maim people, they subvert youngsters into a disfunctional lifestyle before they are old enough to have the discernment to know the guys with guns and cars are losers not cool dudes to be emulated.

d8vanilla Jan 08, 2021 07:18 PM
Santa Barbara Police Arrest Two Armed Men on Milpas

@Sandy1 - Great question..... That would be interesting if they did match any of the other crimes in the City...
Glad the Police were able to take them down... without any injuries.... Good job

theyreshining Jan 09, 2021 09:10 AM
Santa Barbara Police Arrest Two Armed Men on Milpas

Just want to point out that neither man actually was in the process of doing anything dangerous, simply happened to be in the store when the police came looking to do a "premise check" - maybe they were just trying to buy some chips or dang soda.

a-1610224612 Jan 09, 2021 12:36 PM
Santa Barbara Police Arrest Two Armed Men on Milpas

"Just want to point out that neither man actually was in the process of doing anything dangerous, simply happened to be in the store" ... These kooks are gang members, carrying LOADED pistols. Do you think it's necessary to be carrying a concealed, loaded firearm to "simply" go and buy some chips and dang soda? What an absurd comment. Gang members, even the wannabe small time kiddos we have here in town like the ones pictured above, shouldn't have freedom. Absolutely nothing good can come from these two clowns walking around with guns.

a-1610257539 Jan 09, 2021 09:45 PM
Santa Barbara Police Arrest Two Armed Men on Milpas

I assume many LE officers, let alone Probation officers, know many probationers on sight. Probation includes the right to search without a warrant.
So LE was doing their job.
GREAT JOB NOT SHOOTING THESE GUYS!!
I am not going to look up probation vs parole and the terms of each right now. I may be wrong in the details, but the gist of my statement is correct.

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